Silvio’s Cycled

I had the pleasure of meeting Silvio, the founder of Cycled ( https://cycledproject.com/ ), at two Eroica events. The Prosecco Hills gravel ride was the first, and he told me he’d spent quite a while living in London. Back in Italy, he started his circular economy business, crafting used bicycle tyres into belts and other accessories.

Eroica Britannia x Goodwood Revival 2021

I was lucky to be one of around 100 who managed to get a free 3 day pass for the inaugural Eroica Britannia x Goodwood Revival event back in September , 2021.

My good friend , cycling journo (Rouleur) and bike technician extraordinaire Rohan Dubash (a.k.a. Dr D) was also there , and it was good to ride with him. I took my ’85 Colnago Nuovo Mexico, and wore the S.I.R.C.C. maglia rosa jersey I made in collaboration with 3M Caverni, Firenze.

The U.K. organiser , Tim and head of social media, David, asked me if I’d like to join them on a recon ride on Saturday, of course I said yes. We were filmed for the events social media outlets…

https://fb.watch/bzCDzLTsG3/

https://www.goodwood.com/cycling/eroica-britannia/about-eroica/?fbclid=IwAR3hlwaYUuzmKbToNTtr1YX9oxojbAYOx6EvvDaeMX6gLGIaLf5IYAA4ViI

My mate Rohan and I also made the Goodwood page..

https://www.goodwood.com/cycling/eroica-britannia/

Tim made a wise choice partnering with Goodwood. The brand has a strong ‘mend and make do’ ethos, embracing sustainability.

Tante Auguri Anni 90 Sr Ernesto Colnago

Wednesday was Sr Ernesto Colnago’s 90 th birthday.

Our friends at Colnago asked Sr Colnago’s friends to send in a video , I was fortunate to be 4th in their video wishing him well. Here’s to many more birthdays, bikes and wins from the King of pro cycling…

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?height=476&href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FColnago%2Fvideos%2F693768931649007%2F&show_text=true&width=267&t=0

SIRCC Maglia Rosa

I was lucky and got to attend the inaugural Eroica Britannia x Goodwood Revival ride , and be in the Cycling Weekly social video . Looking forward to next year , 2022!

saarf.london x Santini

I recently collaborated with legendary Italian cycling apparel brand Santini .

I designed two jerseys and a set of bib shorts for the Steel Is Real cycling community on social media . The brand is SIRCC , inspired by the legendary SCIC Italian cycling team , and the Maglia Rosa , in honour of the Giro Italia .

SIRCC x Santini Maglia Rosa Karma Evo Jersey
SIRCC x Santini Two Tone Karma Evo Jersey
SIRCC x Santini Karma Evo bib shorts

Two other ‘ Warriors ‘ inspired jerseys are also available

Pre order only , once minimum amounts fulfilled , jerseys are custom made in Italy by Santini in 6-8 weeks . Karma Evo Jersey details here ;

KARMA EVO Jersey

Bib shorts ;

KARMA EVO BIB-SHORTS

Size charts here ;

Men

https://www.santinicycling.com/en/content/fit-guide-man-47

Women

https://www.santinicycling.com/en/content/fit-guide-woman-48

World wide shipping available , VAT @ Italian rate of 22% included in price

Order via platform here

https://sircc.bigcartel.com/

Colnago Tecnos 1996

Finally managed to get one of these , with the help of my friend , legendary Colnago collector and enthusiast , from Eindhoven , Mr Maurice Wiels , man , owe him a tall beer or too for helping a brother out .

The frame is in the iridescent purple/pink and metallic grey , with hints of blue and green .

I have read in a number of places and been told by fellow owners it was the lightest steel frame Colnago made , with an advisory rider weight limit of 80kg .

Came with a mixed Shimano group , the wheels are Mavic SUP ceramic rims on Dura Ace 7700 hubs , so I will keep them and change the other parts to suit .

Ally Capellino X Saarf

I had the amazing good fortune to have been able to meet Legendary London bag designer Ally Capellino back in 2017 when I was a bicycle courier .

I arrived at her Shoreditch shop and atelier , with a delivery for her , and gave it directly to her.

A very nice Lady , who generously gave me time for a chat .

I said I had been to her Soho shop back in the late ‘80’s / early ‘90’s , bought a jersey top and admired her fine bags . We spoke about her doing some stylish bike bags , as I felt they would be brilliant , given her attention to detail and use of high quality materials in manufacture .

I said I had a few creative projects I’m trying to get off the ground , and we kept in contact on social media .

Fast forward to this year , and Ally dropped me a line , saying she has another cycle orientated bag range , and would I like one to test.

Naturally , I said yes , and a few days later , the wonderful Pendle unisex shoulder bag arrived ….

The Ally Capellino Pendle shoulder bag

Made with a waterproof Cordura outter , it is robust enough to use daily as a commuter / town bag .

I can fit a D Lock , water bottle , keys , wallet and energy snacks in with ample room ….

The bag has a zipped front pocket with seals , a rear with velcro fastening , a zipped inner pocket and a mesh wall with two pockets . The interior material is rip stop , which is great as it stops any unforeseen tears spreading .

The shoulder strap is made from Duck Cotton , so is soft and non abrasive against thinner material jerseys or skin , and splits in two with a robust clasp

The strap is attached at a 45 degree angle on the bag , so has a pretty much ergonomic fit to the torso .

Ally has named each bag in the Travel and Cycle range after cyclists significant to her. The unisex Pendle shoulder bag is named after British Olympic Hero , Victoria Pendleton .

Ally Capellino has very , very generously given you lucky readers a chance to win your very own Pendle bag , click the link below and enter .

Move as quickly as Victoria , as the competition closes on July 5th.

https://www.allycapellino.co.uk/pages/competition-ally-capellino-x-julian-saarf

In the Travel and Cycle collection is a fabulous ‘tote’ bag , the Saarf , one can only imagine what this Saarf character is like ….

Cycle Bags

Tommasini Monte Amiata Mountain Bike

 

As I said in an earlier post , last year I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the Tommasini bicycle factory , in Grosseto , Tuscany , Italy .

While I was being given a tour of the premises by Don Irio Tommasini’s daughter Barbara , I saw a beautiful mint condition Monte Amiata Mountain Bike , with original Shimano Deore XT group…

A Columbus Cromor OR frame , with Tommasini cut out lug work . It is like museum condition .

 

I had been thinking about it for some time , almost a year , then , Don Irio allowed me to buy it , and I imported it to London …